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:: Tuesday, March 25, 2003 ::


I have a presentation tomorrow. I have to talk for an hour about commercial speech. I'm nervous.

I think the class will be against me. Well, I guess I hope so. I'm writing about why commercial speech should be protected under the First Amendment just as any other speech. Free the Marlbro Man and Joe Cammel and all that stuff. Let them walk around our TV Screens. If they want to. And yea, don't deny that smoking causes cancer. Because it does. But that doesn't mean that people shouldn't be able to say that smoking might not be such a bad thing. If they want. Its a free country, no?
:: Mike 1:09 PM [+] ::

I want to write about zazen. Because, well, I enjoy it. Its hard to believe, no? Sitting on the floor. Counting breaths for 20 minutes once or even twice a day. OK, sometimes its not so fun. I mean, twenty minutes is a long long time. And I can get stir crazy sitting on the floor. But over all,. my experiences have been good.

Its about how you see the world. Everything seems much more clear and vivid. Day to day life comes alive. After zazen this moarning I rode my bike to school. Everything seemed much more real. I was more aware. I wasn't looking inside so much. No, I was looking outside.

Zazen can even change your understanding of things. This I used to scoff at. I mean come on. Why should your philosophical understanding change because you sit on the floor staring at the wall for 20 minutes? But I think it does. I can't really explain it. All I can say is that sitting on the cushion (OK, I use a bench, I can't get my legs into the lotus position) has, I think, placed me more in tune with some of the more nonsense-sounding of Zen teachings.

:: Mike 1:05 PM [+] ::
Community Service:

Next Tuesday I am going to represent an inmate before the Pardon board--not the parole board--at Dixon prison. I'm looking forward to it, especially after I didn't get to represent anybody last time. Best of all, it is on a Tuesday, so I am pretty much conflict free!
:: Mike 12:57 PM [+] ::

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